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Granada Wins Third Straight Game: League Play Begins in Arkansas Valley League

By John Contreras

September 29, 2023

Last week was the start of league play for teams in the Class A 6-Man East League.

Granada, Walsh, and Eads all opened with league victories.

The #4 ranked Granada Bobcats traveled to Cheyenne Wells where they handled the Tigers, 58-24, on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Cheyenne Wells.

“It was a great outing for our squad,” said Granada head coach Traegon Marquez. “We played mistake free and confident on both sides of the ball. Our defense has proven to get better every week and offensively we are having some good line play and our running backs tend to be moving downhill.”

“From time to time, we asked our athletes to create and they’ve answered in big ways,” Marquez continued. “It was a big win for us in the league standings. Cheyenne Wells is a lot better than their record shows. I think they’ll shake up our league standings in the next couple of weeks.”

The win was the second in a row over Cheyenne Wells and gave the Bobcats an 8-5 record in the series history between the two teams dating back to 2004.

Since Granada joined the 6-man ranks in 2018, the Bobcats are 3-2 against the Tigers. No game between the two teams was played in 2020.

Granada struck for a 22-8 lead after the first quarter against the Tigers and scored 30 unanswered points in the second quarter to build an unsurmountable 52-8 lead at halftime.

Granada quarterback Maddox Coleman had an incredible afternoon as he had a hand in seven touchdowns in the contest.

In the first quarter, Coleman scored on a 79-yard kickoff return.

He then followed with a 6-yard TD pass to Jonus Guevara.

The third touchdown of the quarter came on a 30-yard run by Coleman.

In the second quarter, Granada hit paydirt four times.

Coleman tallied on a 12-yard run; Guevara scored on a 3-yard TD pass from Coleman; Coleman returned a 7-yard interception for a 7-yard touchdown; and a Coleman scored his third TD of the second quarter on a 26-yard run.

In the third quarter, Granada capped its scoring on a 12-yard TD strike from Coleman to Guevara.

In other games, Eads crushed Cheraw, 62-34, and Walsh ran past Kit Carson, 59-6.

In the league standings, Granada and Eads are tied with 2-0 conference records. Walsh is third with a 1-1 league mark.

Next up for Granada (4-1 overall) is a road game at winless Cheraw (0-5) on Friday, Sept. 30.

In other games on Sept. 30, Walsh (4-1) plays at Eads (3-2) in a battle of Eagles.

Cheyenne Wells (1-1; 1-4) plays at Kit Carson (0-2; 1-4).

In Arkansas Valley 8-man football (League 6), the Holly Wildcats broke a two-game losing streak as they defeated St. Mary’s, 55-6, in a non-league contest.

Devin Eaton played at quarterback for the Wildcats while former quarterback Andre Salgado was moved to a running back.

Eaton had a successful game throwing the ball. He completed 5-of-8 passes for 184 yards and 4 TDs.

Cael Nordyke was the leading receiver with 82 yards on 2 receptions and 2 TDs.

Salagado followed with 2 catches for 65 yards and 1 TD.

The Wildcats had 306 yards rushing.

Salgado paved the way with 6 carries for 123 yards and 2 TDs.

Jessie Pizarro added 67 yards on 5 carries and 1 score. Eaton had 3 carries for 59 yards.

Dominic Torres led the Wildcats on defense with 9 tackles and Rueben Maldonado and AB Juarez both had 6 takedowns apiece.

The #10 state-ranked McClave Cardinals made the trip to the Colorado Springs area where they squared off with the #2 ranked and unbeaten Simla Cubs.

McClave suffered its second straight loss as they fell to the Cubs, 55-14.

Simla is now 5-0 on the season. The Cubs have overwhelmed their opponents beating Hoehne, 53-6; Fowler, 47-0; Sedgwick County, 41-6; and McClave, 55-14.

The Wiley Panthers didn’t play their home game with Sanford due to the lack of players because of injuries.

Since Sanford found an opponent to make up that game it didn’t cost Wiley a forfeit.

The Springfield Longhorns picked up their first win of the season as they defeated the visiting Dolores Huerta Scorpions, 36-12, last Saturday.

League plays begins for teams in the Ark Valley League.

Wiley (1-2) plays at Springfield (1-3) and Holly (2-2) visits winless Las Animas (0-4) on Friday, Sept. 29.

Swink (1-3) travels to McClave (2-2) in a key game inside the conference on Saturday, Sept. 30.

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